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LEBANON, OH - Hamsandwich, a gorgeous roan four-year-old son of Tellitlikeitis, captured the $22,500 championship leg of the Omar Hiteman Memorial series at Miami Valley on Monday (Feb. 22). It was his third straight success in the series, this one clocked in 1:54. Leading driver Trace Tetrick guided the odds-on favorite for owner-trainer Adam Short. The Hiteman series, one of nine "Lebanon Legends" events honoring notable former southwest Ohio horsemen in February and March, featured non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime through the nomination date. Hamsandwich will now likely graduate to the George Williams Memorial for non-winners of four races or $40,000. As he did in the two preliminary legs, Tetrick was satisfied to settle Hamsandwich into a mid-pack position until flushing live cover nearing the half, which carried him until halfway around the final bend. At that point, as he so often does, Tetrick swung Hamsandwich three wide and they roared down the middle of the stretch to a convincing victory. Gambler Panic (Jason Brewer) put up a courageous fight before succumbing to the winner about 100 yards shy of the finish line. The pair produced a $16.80 perfecta. Longshot Bizys Beatle (Jared Seekman) was best of the rest and completed a $101.70 50-cent trifecta return.   Racing resumes Tuesday and Wednesday at Miami Valley with 2:05 p.m. post times on each day. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Another pair of Claim To Fame Series champions were crowned Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 29) at frigid Miami Valley Raceway. Giovanni (Trace Tetrick) completed a clean sweep of the division for male $8000 claiming pacers, winning for the third straight week in the $22,500 final. Using the same come-from-behind tactics he employed in the two preliminary legs, Tetrick was content to ease away from the starting gate-falling in fifth along the pylons before the :26.4 quarter pole. The winner moved into the third-over position in the outer flow prior to the :55.2 midway point. Still in the same position at the 1:23.4 third teletimer, Tetrick moved Giovanni wider yet and swept easily to the lead in the stretch while clocking a 1:53.1 mile. Longshot Star Guitar (Kayne Kauffman) came up with a furious late rally to finish second ahead of show finisher Trixsen Gram (Dan Noble). Owner-trainer Tyler George claimed Giovanni just prior to the series and has earned $20,250 in the month of January with his new pupil. The fillies and mares $12,500 claiming champion Ginger Tree Alexis was claimed in each of the two preliminary legs and raced well for all three of her connections during the series. Following place and win finishes in the first two weeks, it was new owner-trainer Adam Short that got the biggest chunk of cheese by winning the $22,500 final. Driver Josh Sutton managed a perfect pocket trip for the 7-year-old winner, sitting snug behind pacesetter Golden Paradise (Tetrick) for most of the 1:55 mile. Always A Vision (Brett Miller) had the most pace in the stretch but fell just short as runnerup. Golden Paradise held on for the show dough. From the Miami Valley Media Department    

LEBANON, OH. - Franzo, the former claimer, sped to his third straight harness racing Open victory at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (March 11), the last two in sub 1:50 miles. On the heels of his all-age 1:49.1 track record performance a week ago, Franzo shot to the front from his assigned outside post position this week and never looked back. Driver Dan Noble guided the 5-year-old Rockin Image gelding through fractions of :26.4, :55.2 and 1:22.2 before tripping the final beam in 1:49.4. The Adam Short owned and trained winner was plucked from a $30,000 claimer six weeks ago and has since increased his 2017 bankroll to $61,535 on the basis of six wins in nine seasonal starts. My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith) won a tight photo finish with Angelo J Fra (Chris Page) to claim runnerup honors. As the even money favorite, Franzo returned $4 to his legion of backers. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Franzo not only won his second straight $22,000 Open I Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (March 4), but established a harness racing all-time, all-age track record of 1:49.1 in the process.   The 5-year-old Rockin Image gelding was claimed for $20,000 five weeks ago by trainer Adam Short, who raced him in $30,000 claimers for three weeks--finishing third, first and second--before moving up to the open ranks for his latest two successes.   After last week's 1:51.4 'neck' victory from a second tier start, driver Dan Noble must have sensed that Franzo was in fine form. With a start position in the middle of the gate this week, Noble and Franzo set sail from the onset and refused to let anyone go, including Southwind Amazon, who has won four opens at Northfield already in 2017.   The speed duel between the two stalwarts resulted in fractions of :26, :54.4, and 1:22.3 before the new track record holder drew off with a final quarter in :26.3.   Franzo's seasonal earnings now stand at $50,535 with five wins in nine starts. Career-wise, Franzo has 14 wins and $145,507 in earnings.   Two divisions of first leg action in the George Williams Memorial late-closer also took place for male non-winners of four races or $35,000 lifetime.   Dan Noble also steered the winners of both heats, scoring an upset with California Sun, who returned a $25.00 win mutual, and winning as expected with heavy favorite Control Tower ($2.40). Both victories were clocked in 1:53.4.   California Sun beat Snowball's Romeo (Ken Holliday) and My Three Sons (Trace Tetrick). The 4-year-old son of Bettor's Delight is owned by James Miller of Dayton and trained by Bill Miller II.   Noble also trains Control Tower, a 5-year-old by Panspacificflight, who is owned by Stephen Sexton of nearby Xenia.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Franzo, moving into open company after three straight solid efforts in $30,000 claimers, was the upset winner of the weekly $22,000 Saturday (Feb. 25) night harness racing feature at Miami Valley Raceway. Owner-trainer Adam Short entrusted the reins to Dan Noble, and the purple-and-white clad 34-year-old teamster responded with his fifth win on the program from a second tier start in the full ten-horse field. Franzo's frantic finish started in sixth place at the head of the stretch and resulted in a last-stride 1:51.4 victory. The 5-year-old Rockin Image gelding nipped My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith) and Angelo J Fra (Chris Page) at odds of 9-1, returning $20.40 to his $2 supporters. The winning 10-2 exacta paid a healthy $207.20 dividend, while a successful 10-2-1 $2 trifecta was worth $670.20. Hickory Icon (John DeLong) was a close-up fourth at the wire, while favored Southwind Amazon (Simon Allard) tried gallantly to overcome his assigned outside post position, but faltered to fifth in the lane due to a parked-out :27 first quarter to get to the lead. The Open Pace was carded as the 12th race which features the daily 10-cent Super Hi Five wager. No one could solve the pentafecta bet, resulting in a $1,946.37 carryover and a $5000 guaranteed total pool on the Sunday (Feb. 26) matinee 12th race. Post time on Sunday afternoons at Miami Valley is 2:05 p.m. Noble began his hot night with the trotter River Thames, who lit up the toteboard with a $111.20 win mutuel, stopping the clock in 1:56. His other successes came behind pacers Whoyoucallingafool (1:54, $8.60), Our Dragon King (1:54, $4.40) and Perrito Caliente (1:53.4, $4.40). Due to a carryover just shy of $2000, Miami Valley Raceway and the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering platform have joined forces to guarantee a minimum $5000 total pool when the 10-cent Super Hi-5 (pentafecta) wager is offered again on the 12th race Sunday afternoon (Feb. 26).  First race post time is 2:05 p.m., with the Super Hi-5 race slated for approximately 5:30.   The 12th race at Miami Valley on Sunday is a full field of ten $12,500 claimers chasing a purse of $11,000. Gregg Keidel  

Graceful Beauty captured the $17,500 final of the harness racing Wallflower Series on Thursday (May 21) at Northfield Park. She is owned and trained by Adam Short of Archbold, Ohio. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was in the sulky. The five year-old pacing mare had competed in three legs of the Wallflower Series leading up to Thursday's final. She proved herself to be a true force for her competition by posting two victories and a third place finish in those legs. Graceful Beauty (Rocknroll Hanover-Mango Hanover-Big Towner) started from post two. She led her competition at every call through fractions of :27.2, :56.4, 1:27.3 and 1:57.1, besting her competition by 1 ¾-lengths. Completing the race were Winemen Dine Me, Yourplaceormine, APP Panda, Feelin Outragous, Lucky L and Dream Roll. Thursday's win was the fourth victory this year in seven starts. That quintuplet of wins this season also represents her career. Her lifetime earnings now stand at $34,432. She was heavily favored and returned $2.80 to win. Ayers Ratliff

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